Never far from home in 35 years of ser­vice with po­lice

Kapi-Mana News - - NEWS - By KRIS DANDO

Jim De­laney has worn many hats in his 35 years in the po­lice force.

The scene-of-crime of­fi­cer (Soco) and fel­low Porirua- based staff mem­ber Pa Rota were re­cently recog­nised for their long ser­vice.

Mr De­laney has spent 34 years of his ca­reer in the city where he grew up, which he says has made the work all the more per­sonal. He is one of just two Soco in the Kapiti Mana dis­trict, which has meant plenty of busy days – but not al­ways.

‘‘It has been quiet lately [24 bur­glar­ies from Tawa to Peka Peka in the last three weeks], which is a good thing.

‘‘My work has a lot of va­ri­ety to it. You meet a lot of peo­ple. It’s not nice go­ing to cer­tain scenes but it’s very re­ward­ing when our work leads to ar­rests.’’

A cadet who grad­u­ated on his 19th birthday, Mr De­laney could eas­ily have taken an­other vo­ca­tion.

‘‘I was go­ing to be a me­chanic but I had a girl­friend – now my wife – who wanted to join the po­lice.

‘‘So I went down to have a look, filled out some pa­pers and next thing I’m on the beat in Welling­ton.

‘‘It was an ex­cit­ing time for a young guy [in the late 1970s], the city was a lot dif­fer­ent then.’’

Mr De­laney has had stints as a community con­sta­ble in Ti­tahi

Jim De­laney has spent nearly his whole life liv­ing and work­ing as a po­lice of­fi­cer in Porirua. Bay, watch house keeper in Porirua and be­tween 1993 and 2003 was a mem­ber of the spe­cial­ist search group. They check for ex­plo­sive de­vices and other dan­ger­ous items dur­ing events like Com­mon­wealth Games, royal and heads- of- state vis­its, and other VIP tours. He has been a Soco since 2003. Kapiti Mana Po­lice area com­man­der John Price says Mr De­laney is a con­sum­mate pro­fes­sional and highly- ex­pe­ri­enced of­fi­cer with a high foren­sic hit rate.

Other Kapiti Mana staff to re­ceive medals were War­wick Gibbs (28 years), Roger Holford, Mike Ta­here, Lance Her­ring (all 21 years) and David Woot­ton (14 years).

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